Our mission is to empower creators and users of scholarly and professional knowledge to maximize their positive impact on humanity. In doing so, we strive to be the most creative, dynamic, effective, and sought-after product development partner to the scholarly and professional knowledge community worldwide.

About Silverchair

Silverchair designs and builds websites to host scholarly content, creates specialized features and interfaces for interacting with that content, and empowers publisher autonomy with a suite of user-friendly, self-serve management tools. As the leading independent platform provider for publishers who seek both advanced technology and a team dedicated to strategy and service, Silverchair provides distinctive online sites, unique products, and advanced technologies to STM and humanities publishers, professional societies, and the federal government, propelling their content to greater reach and impact.

What Silverchair Clients are Saying:

Our relationship with Silverchair continues to feel like a real partnership, where we both work to reach mutually satisfying resolutions to problems and seek opportunities for improvement.
The recent migration of IWA Publishing to the Silverchair Platform has been an education in a very pleasant way. I am impressed by how the Silverchair team have applied themselves to find practical, workable solutions that enable us to achieve our goals. At the same time, the team at Silverchair have been very good company on our journey.
—Rod Cookson, IWA Publishing
You're honest and straight-shooters, and we value that. You committed and made the adjustments necessary to deliver our migration. The people working on our project convey enthusiasm and commitment.
I REALLY appreciate that our account managers are not just gatekeepers and informational relays. They are well-informed, honest when they aren't, and willing to bring in other subject matter experts for direct conversations. This makes things so much more efficient and effective for us as clients trying to understand the platform and plan our business.
As a new Silverchair client, we've experienced notable improvements in development team responses. Overall, Silverchair compares favorably to other vendors with whom we have worked.
Silverchair not only has good technology, but also a good view of the future.
Silverchair's teams are creative and present innovative solutions for our business problems.

Our History

Our products and services have evolved in concert with the needs of our clients and the markets they serve.

Silverchair is founded as a packager for medical textbooks, operating out of Founder & CEO Thane Kerner’s apartment in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Our first digital offering: Neurology in Clinical Practice (produced by Butterworth Heinemann). The benefits of this new format included the addition of hyperlinks and an updating program for authors.

Developed semantic tools & processes to streamline the indexing process for complex scientific and medical information.

Launched The Silverchair Platform, bringing together semantic technology with native support for the full array of content types, formats, business models, and customer categories.

The Silverchair Platform continues to be iteratively developed and market-tested, integrating and delivering scholarly and professional content from a single platform – journals, books, video, custom formats, and more.

Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, Silverchair is changing the way scientists, doctors, and researchers discover and use expert information by delivering distinctive online sites and products from our clients’ unique content.

Executive Team

  • Thane Kerner

    Thane Kerner

    Chief Executive Officer

    Thane is Chief Executive Officer of Silverchair Holdings, a pioneer in distributed digital knowledge technologies for education, reference, and professional workflow. The firm’s primary operating unit, Silverchair Information Systems, is a global leader in technology products and services that drive digital growth for scholarly and professional publishers. In 2012, SHI achieved the successful exit of Silverchair Learning Systems to Relias Learning, now a subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. Mr. Kerner serves on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishers Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers; the Board of Directors of CHOR, Inc., and the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Tim Barton

    Tim Barton


    Tim works with the CEO and other members of the management team to devise the strategy for the company, and to ensure that the strategy is being effectively implemented. Silverchair’s success with our customers depends on the effective strategic and operational integration of product, business development, technology, delivery, and people, and Tim’s role is to oversee and facilitate that integration. Tim joined Silverchair in 2018, having previously worked at Oxford University Press for 27 years in various positions across the organization, including President of OUP USA. Tim served most recently as Managing Director for the Global Academic Division, where he was responsible for OUP’s research publishing globally, including journals, scholarly books, and reference, and for higher education, and dictionary publishing.

  • Stuart Leitch

    Stuart Leitch

    Chief Operating Officer

    Stuart leads the strategic evolution and expansion of The Silverchair Platform, designing and leading technology initiatives for greater platform scalability and capability while enhancing Silverchair’s unparalleled flexibility for new product development. Stuart joined Silverchair in 2012 and has twenty years of enterprise architecture, system design, and software development experience in the education, engineering, nonprofit, and investment industries.

  • Jake Zarnegar

    Jake Zarnegar

    Chief Business Development Officer

    As Chief Business Development Officer, Jake Zarnegar works directly with scientific and scholarly publishers to explore new partnerships and find the best alignment of Silverchair’s complementary suite of technologies and services with each publisher’s digital product strategy. A 20+ year industry veteran, Jake is a frequent speaker at SSP, ALPSP, and STM events covering emerging topics at the intersection of technology and scholarly publishing.

  • Will Schweitzer

    Will Schweitzer

    Senior Vice President, Product Management

    Will is responsible for developing and managing Silverchair’s scholarly and professional products, including the core Silverchair Platform. He has a deep knowledge of scholarly publishing having worked in the industry for over 16 years in product and publisher roles for the American Association for the Advancement Science (Science Magazine), SAGE Publications, the American Psychological Association, and Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

  • Susan Dawson

    Susan Dawson

    Chief People & Customer Success Officer

    Susan is responsible for supporting and enabling Silverchair to attract, retain, and develop top talent throughout the organization. Susan has a passion for helping people work effectively. She is committed to inspiring, igniting, and empowering leaders at all levels. Prior to joining Silverchair, Susan held roles in global learning and development, training, corporate finance, and customer service.

  • Brian Fitzgerald

    Brian Fitzgerald

    Chief Financial Officer

    Brian leads the financial, accounting, and administrative functions for the organization. He is a licensed CPA in the commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to joining Silverchair, Brian held leadership roles in public accounting, private equity, venture capital, and operations. In addition to financial reporting and forecasting, Brian is committed to process improvement, scalability, and sustainable growth.

  • Dustin Smith

    Dustin Smith

    Director of New Product Development and Innovation
    Dustin leads new product development, working to solve problems for current customers, transform existing assets for adjacent markets, and explore new lines of business alongside and beyond the Silverchair Platform. Prior to joining, he spent over six years working with startups and Fortune 500 companies on technology-driven innovation, turning cutting-edge research into commercial opportunities.
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